||Issue No. 321 -- 14 March 2005
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Welcome to Easter 2005
A fluffy chick or a chocolate Easter bunny... Hunting for Easter eggs and hot cross buns... Celebrating Christ's resurrection...
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US trip all booked! I can now start my lists of things to buy in the US and UK. These include a new water ski for one of Captain Ken’s partners as it will be much cheaper for us to bring in a ski for him than to buy it here. We are taking our skis anyway so there will certainly be room in the bag for another ski.
Talking of water skiing (for a change!!) last Wednesday evening when the serious slalom skiing had been done, Captain Ken and my son Emmett were working on trick skiing. Much slower speeds and big flat trick skis.
Emmett fared fine, with a couple of falls and then Ken got on the skis. After managing quite well, he lost his balance (trick skis are rather like bars of soap on your feet, sliding over ice as they have no find at all). He was in the water screaming with pain as he had dislocated his shoulder.
We managed with a lot of help from Emmett, to get him back in the boat and then get him into Emmett’s car (again more luck as he has just bought a Mercedes which was a lot more smooth and comfortable than our current car) and off to Olivedale Clinic where they immediately tended to him, gave him a hefty shot of pain killer and relocated his shoulder. After x-rays had been taken Emmett drove us home and we collected our car (left at K’Shane) the next day. Thanks to Ken’s state of health and great care from our local chiropractor, Craig Lyons, he is driving again and is out of his shoulder brace. He should be back skiing in a few weeks!
Apparently the doctor on duty at Olivedale said something about it was time that Ken gave up such sports as waterskiing… I heard a drugged muttering from Ken saying will be dead first! We plan to celebrate our 100th birthdays on water skis! Stay healthy and live long!
These from me...
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. Johann von Goethe
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. William Shakespeare
These from Daniel Jan le Roux firstname.lastname@example.org
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
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Each week we will feature a question and answer sent in to the Company for Immigration. We hope these will help answer any questions you might have regarding any part of the coming home process. If you would like to send in your own question, please feel very free to do so.
We will also be featuring a great amount of information on the SAW Website (www.saw.co.za) under the Coming Home section. You can also find out info by visiting our newly relaunched site, South Africa Online (www.southafrica.co.za) and checking out the Coming to SA section.
Here is a bit more info...
Whenever and wherever South Africans meet, the surest way to start a lively discussion, is to ask someone for an opinion about emigration from or remigration back to South Africa. In 2002 we (i.e. the non-profit immigration service, Company for Immigration, and the trade-union, Solidarity) realized that the return of South African expats had become a fact and that their inputs are essential for the growth and development of the country. We are neither interested in a debate about the reasons why people leave or come back, nor about the merit of their decisions. We prefer to provide a practical service instead:
offering advice and assistance to prospective remigrants;
addressing the problems which cause people to emigrate; and informing people about the pros and cons of emigration, to help them make an informed decision before leaving.
Interested? Want to receive our monthly newsletter by email? Have questions or suggestions? If so, please visit our mirror sites www.comehome.co.za or www.komhuistoe.co.za and leave your details on the visitor's page, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Alana & Annatjie
COME HOME CAMPAIGN
This week’s Q and A:
This was posted on the South Africa Online nsite (www.southafrica.co.za) after the sender read the article there. Alana’s reply follows.
In 1820 the Settlers were placed in the Eastern Cape to be used as a buffer between the waring Xhosas and Boers. Is the Homecoming Revolution a bid by yuppy White South Africans to get more White people back here so as to act as a bigger, stronger buffer against the Blacks? I notice Black people are not very talkative or supportive of this whole matter. Why do you people want these people back when Affirmative Action counts against them? What about the future of their children? What exactly are you bidding them home for?
I could understand trying to bring them back if Affirmative Action nolonger existed, if crime was managed, if Aids were managed and if Corruption were tackled. Surely extreme personal selfishness is at the core of this bid to get people back? Let us stop talking about missing biltong and the weather and the culture and start talking opportunities, surival and the future rather. The propaganda machine in South Africa would surely be the envy of Goebels if he were still alive.
I suggest we stop arguing along emotional and sentimental lines and stop using propaganda in our arguments, let us build this country along realistic lines and let matters run their full course and wait for the ruling people to feel the same way about the Homecoming Revolution and initiate it from their side. I am sure it serves as a mild irritation to them right now and must surely amuse them.
Realistic South African Patriot
Thank you for the email received via South Africa Online. We appreciate all replies to the Come Home Campaign.
Just as a matter of interest:
Two Campaigns currently advise prospective returning emigrants - the Come Home Campaign (www.comehome.co.za) and the Homecoming Revolution (www.homecomingrevolution.co.za). Our approach is to assist people who have already made the mindshift to return - we are not actively encouraging people to change their mind to return. The Homecoming Revolution has the approach to "recruit" South Africans to return.
I can only speak for ourselves, but to date an almost equal amount of white and non-white South Africans have approached us for assistance to return. It definitely is not a campaign with any racial agenda.
From Solidarity's side, our viewpoint is that we should rather participate in the public debate (as you have done), than to depart and try to settle overseas. People who return, can participate and be part of the solution, not the problem.
With appreciation and kind regards
Come Home Campaign
Company for Immigration / Maatskappy vir Immigrasie
P.O. Box 1283, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Living in Perth
Are you wanting to get involved in a Church filled with friendly South Africans, OR do you just want to meet other Afrikaans-speaking South Africans OR do you just ask some questions regarding living in Perth, then please feel free to contact us:
Pastor JJ and Paulina Meyer
1 Thorogood Street
Perth WA 6100
Tel: +27 (8) 9381 6881 h
Tel: +27 (8) 94160000 w
Mob: + 27 4 22 22 3453
The Good News – Another SA film wins international acclaim
The latest South African film to be shot entirely in an indigenous language, uCarmen eKhayelitsha, has won international acclaim by being awarded the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. This follows shortly after the Zulu film, Yesterday, was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
The Golden Bear Award, second only in prestige to the Golden Palm Award at Cannes, is especially significant for South African film, because it is the first time in 25 years that a South African movie has featured in the competition.
uCarmen eKhayelitsha was made entirely in Xhosa and is a translation of Bizet's famous Italian opera, Carmen. The film was made by Mark Donford-May, a British director who is married to the lead actress, Pauline Malefane. Malefane also co-translated the script with assistant director Andiswa Kedema.
The movie is another stage in the booming growth of both opera and ballet that is taking place in townships around South Africa, with thousands of aspirant singers and dancers aiming for future glory at the Paris Opera or the Royal Ballet.
Since their return after the stunning win, the cast of uCarmen eKhayelitsha have been getting more recognition from local and international personalities alike. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel gave the movie an honourable mention. Instead of his usual gift of fruit and trees symbolising growth, which he has given MPs in the past, he gave them each a copy of the soundtrack CD and told them that we must listen to that music and be inspired by it. Actor Danny Glover, in Cape Town on a visit, was taken on a tour of Khayelitsha by Malefane. He told the Cape Argus that people are going to have to shut him up when he gets home because he will be talking so much about the movie.
The company that made uCarmen, Dimpho Di Kopane, is currently making another film, Yiimimangaliso, The Mysteries. It includes much of the same cast as uCarmen, with Dornford-May directing. Malefane co-wrote the script of the new movie as well, and is again in the lead role. The film is a story about the life of Jesus, and it portrays Christ as a political activist in South Africa between 1971 and 2001. It is shot in Xhosa, SeSotho and English, and also has a strong musical component, this time featuring African songs.
The company hopes that Yiimimangaliso, The Mysteries, will be as successful as uCarmen eKhayelitsha. They are also hopeful that these movies will continue to drive interest in South African film amongst South Africans, especially those living in townships. This is also the dream of two companies, Shout and Mamaramba Cinema, who have started opening low cost cinemas in townships across South Africa and are planning many more by the end of the year.
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Are you a believer?
That was a trick question. The truth is that we hold on to countless beliefs, many of which control our behavior in ways we're not likely to recognize.
Here's a look at how our beliefs trip us up, and how we can use mindfulness to disentangle ourselves.
Mindfulness and Beliefs: Your Invisible Scars
I can't help it--I am a confirmed neuroscience geek.
So I was very excited to attend the fifth brain lecture in a series (yes, I bought season tickets!) sponsored by Oregon Health Sciences University. You see, the guest speaker was Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, the father of cognitive neuroscience, and his topic was The Ethical Brain--which happens to be the title of a book he will publish this June.
He has written over 20 books, and in his work as the director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, he continues to conduct research on how the brain enables the mind.
Dr. Gazzaniga believes there is nothing more fascinating than the mind, and he is exploring how we develop, hang on to, and change our beliefs. (Do you see why I love him?)
Mindfulness allows us to step back and watch our thoughts. By doing so, we can develop a clearer perspective regarding our beliefs and our attachment to them.
In his lecture, Dr. Gazzaniga discussed the power of the left brain. Remember, that is the side that handles logic and language, but the interesting part is how those two functions work together, continually creating words to justify our behavior.
Left => logic + language => lists
My favorite research illustrating this concept is the "scar face" experiment, in which a participant is fitted with a fake facial scar. The participant is told that they will be interviewed in order to see how the visible facial deformity might influence the way they are treated.
Then something sneaky happens: the scar is surreptitiously removed, and the participant enters the interview thinking the scar is still visible.
Right after the interview, in virtually every case, the participant is full of all kinds of examples of how the interviewer behaved negatively due to the scar. When viewing a video showing the interviewer only, the participant can point to several incidents which seemed to him to indicate distaste or prejudice-- "See? He's staring at the scar!", etc.
Even after being shown images that clearly indicate that the scar was not visible, the participant is likely to persist in his belief that the interviewer was focusing on it.
We all have invisible scars (irrational beliefs) about the way we are treated by others--and why. Our left brains are working overtime to reinforce our beliefs. We get so entangled in these thoughts that our entire view of ourselves and the world is strangled by them.
By paying attention to the language in our heads, we can learn to recognize the beliefs that might be sabotaging us. Observing our thoughts gives us a chance to step back and see the left brain in action.
Use mindfulness to see your invisible scars. Watch your knee-jerk responses whenever you feel slighted by someone, and look for the list of rationales that your left brain has been crafting. Somewhere in there is the kernel of your persistent belief.
Watch, listen and learn. You don't have to be a neuroscience geek to find that fascinating.
The Ethical Brain
Dr. Gazzaniga's book, The Ethical Brain, explores how our brains process beliefs and the moral and legal implications of a shift in our view of behavior.
It's not available until June, but you can read about it at this Amazon link and learn about his other books.
Here's a really great site to help you recognize irrational beliefs.
I highly recommend it!
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse offering specialized mindfulness training to individuals and groups in Portland, Oregon. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 100 countries. To subscribe to her free ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, please visit http://www.massageyourmind.com.
©Copyright 2004, Maya Talisman Frost
52 Best Stories – You See a Problem
Good Morning Maureen,
How often do we see a problem, it upsets us, and we wonder why anybody hasn't done something about it? There was a kid in Iowa a few years ago that did in fact do something. You see a problem? You be the one to fix it. It feels good.
With Kind Regards, Sandy
There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Highway.25 in rural Iowa near Greenfield. For generations kids scrawled nothing but graffiti on its face with slogans, names, and obscenities on the rock, changing its character many times. It was quite a problem and an eyesore to everyone living in the area. Something needed to be done but folks were unsure what could be done.
Then a few years ago a young man who grew up in the area decided to do something about the problem. He was inspired by the film "Saving Private Ryan" and knew he could make better use of the natural rock canvas. He gave the 12-foot-high, 56-ton rock a most unique paint job and since then it has been left nearly undisturbed.
The first painting he did actually looked like there was the U.S. flag draped over the rock, but it wasn't. It was painted right on the rock. Each year since then he has given the rock a paint job. It is quite an impressive sight with many people driving to the area just to see the unique rock, the new artists rendering each year, and the continuing tribute to U.S. veterans.
Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, now a Des Moines resident who works as an ad and web designer, was a 19-year-old Iowa State University student who had seen the Greenfield rock many times before when in 1999, he decided to begin what has become an ongoing artistic tribute to America's veterans. As Ray said:
"It was right around Memorial Day, and I was driving by that rock and wondered what it would be like if I actually took the time to go out there and paint it. And so I painted it with the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. I got such a huge response that I kept painting it. I've been painting it for the last six years with tributes to veterans on Memorial Day."
So each year around Memorial Day, Ray uses white paint to cover over his previous year's work, then spends one to three weeks creating new scenes on his blank canvas. During the years he has featured scenes depicting Washington's crossing of the Delaware, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and America's response to the September 11 terrorist attacks along with quotes from presidents Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, and George W. Bush, all capped by renderings of draped American and POW and MIA flags.
Only once in the six years he has been painting the rock has his work been defaced, Ray told an American Forces Press Service reporter. His tribute to the veterans of the Pearl Harbor attack painted in 2001 was vandalized a few weeks after it was completed, but the perpetrator "got a punch in the face from a Vietnam War veteran for his trouble," and his work has remained undisturbed ever since.
So one person can make a difference. In fact he was a teenager. A 19 year old kid with an idea and he took the time and energy to make it happen. Take a look at all the rock pictures that he has painted on his web site at: http://bubbazartwork.com/ I wrote him to ask if it were okay to use his story on the 52Best web site. He said: "You sure can. Thank you for your interest in my artwork." What a good kid.
You have a problem? Someone else has a problem? Look for a solution Take the time and effort to make it happen. It feels good, very good, to make a difference.
~ Edited with Comments by C. F. Sandy Pofahl ~
One Man’s Australia – How to put a foot (very) wrong with Immigration
We have been watching a story that goes back 65 years to the Japanese war in China. During that upheaval a baby girl was orphaned and adopted by a kind woman who was a stranger and was lovingly brought up through world war, revolution, civil war and the prolonged rebuilding of a shattered country.
The baby girl grew up and migrated to Australia.
In 1995 the kind woman, Cui Yu Hu, then aged 94, flew to Australia to visit her family. She had a 12 month visitor's visa. At the end of the 12 months, then aged 95, she tried to return to China but no airline would carry her because of her age and frailty.
At this stage her family made a grave mistake. Instead of appealing to the Australian Government immediately on the grounds of force majeure they kept her in Australia illegally for four years before they applied for an aged parent's visa.
The trap slammed shut. Cui Yu Hu was now an illegal immigrant and resident's visas are not issued in those circumstances. But what the Department of Immigration did do was to be pragmatic and grant her an indefinite bridging visa.
This meant that she was in no danger whatsoever of being deported. But it also meant that she had no access to Medicare - the Australian universal free health care system - and she had no access to Australia's Age Pension.
So her family appealed the decision not to grant her an Aged Parent visa and the long process began. The appeal was dismissed.
So the family appealed again, this time for the Appeal Tribunal's decision to be overturned, saying Hu had no home in China or family there to care for her. Hu had outlived her friends and family in China and deportation would "kill her." Once again the appeal process ground on.
Back in 1979 my mother arrived in Australia on a visitor's visa. While she was in Australia legally I applied for a resident's visa under the then Family Reunion visa category. It was granted within months. Ironically she decided to return to South Africa to her friends and siblings. By the time she changed her mind many years later the Family Reunion category had been wiped out.
The proximate case of this was then Prime Minister Bob Hawke's decision to grant amnesty and permanent residence to all Chinese in Australia on Students' visas in the immediate aftermath of the Tianmin Square massacre.
This had unforeseen consequences. The Family Reunion Scheme had been predicated on the Western concept of "Family" meaning immediate family only.
What the then Government was utterly unprepared for was the interpretations that ensued, with grandparents, parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, direct and by marriage, cousins and cousins by marriage, together with their children all being put forward for Family Reunion visas. The courts rapidly began to clog with appeals.
The Government's response was to wipe out the Family Reunion category and replace it with the strictly defined Aged Parent visa.
In response to considerable clamour for the Minister to exercise her discretion under the constitution and intervene she said on the media that she was not prepared to interfere with the appeal process because she was not prepared to establish a legal precedent for tens of thousands of aged parents to use this case as a precedent in the Courts, forcing the Government to issue resident's visas after costly and time-wasting legal battles.
51% of Australians are immigrants and their children so there are very large numbers potentially involved. Think, for example, how many people, just reading this journal, would love to have their aged parents with them with free medical care, a Government pension, physical security and being with their loved ones.
On Tuesday March 8th the final appeal was finally rejected.
Within two hours the Minister had exercised her discretion and granted Cui Yu Hu, now aged 104, an Aged Parent's visa. Assuming that she lives she will become able to become an Australian citizen when she is 106 - and vote for the first time in her life.
The one sad thing in all this is that a very old lady has been subjected to a very great deal of stress for a very long time.
Ramblings Of A Francophobe
A few years ago, when the French government introduced the 35 hour week, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth, and strikes and protests paralysed the country. I thought it was a great idea, I ended up getting even more holiday than before, as the hours were commuted to additional leave, and I still got paid the same. From what I understand, most people benefited similarly, although the overall result was that France became even less competitive internationally than it was before and more of a laughing stock. Who am I to care about that?
Possibly I’m selfish, and I’m certainly out of touch with the reality of life in France as it really doesn’t make the slightest difference in my life what the French government do, who the Prime Minister is, or who he is currently having an affair with.
Earlier this week France was paralysed by a wave of strikes and protests, something which happens regularly. Usually it’s because the workers want more money for less work, and striking has proved a highly successful tactic as the government invariably give in to them and pass the extra costs on to the taxpayer.
I could be missing something important here, but I found out that the strikes and protests are taking place because the government wishes to abolish the same 35 hour week whose introduction a few years back was met with such resistance.
I wonder if it is simply that the Unions who seem to have the country by the throat must have a 'causus belli', and systematically distrust and thus reject anything proposed by their government, which has screwed them over so many times before that they are automatically distrustful.
Come to think of it, I also have a deep distrust of government, and of French people, so why should they trust each other?
After all, they know how their mean and twisted minds operate. I might add that this last thought was conveyed to me by one of my very few French friends!
Nobody needing help this week.
These requests are from subscribers to SAWmail and or members of the SAW Web site. I print them in good faith.
Thanks for the informative newsletter.
Any advice on contact details for shops in the UK and Wales that sell SA goods -like mielie meal, rusks etc?
Info needed for someone who lives in Wales in the UK. Any store with phone etc. number and preferably one that will send goods by post or deliver will be OK. Doubt that the old lady has access to Internet and she lives in some obscure little town / village.
She asked my son in law by post for some help in getting SA products. We explained that we cannot send her meat / dairy products by mail and also UK customs don't allow this.
Any assistance in helping the old lady welcome.
Nobody looking this week.
No new news for this week. Please let me know of any happenings in you area.
The Fundamental Differences between Men and Women
This from Des Cowie email@example.com
If Laura, Suzanne, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Suzanne, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Charlie, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.
When the bill arrives, Mike, Charlie, Dave and John will each throw in R20, even though it's only for R32.50. None of them will have anything smaller, and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
A man will pay R2 for a R1 item he needs.
A woman will pay R1 for a R2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from Myers.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
Women love cats.
Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the bins, answer the phone, read a book, and get the post.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Any married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing.
For a really easy supper dish...
Yesterday I wanted to make supper in advance. We were having a lazy day and were watching DVDs. So... while my dear husband went to get the DVDs, I made this:
Take out however much you need from a packet of (I used fettuccine) noodles for how many you are. I used half a packet for the two of us. Cook until just about done and then drain.
I had a jar of spaghetti sauce (mine was a braised veggie one) and I stirred this into the drained noodles. I then added some steamed asparagus spears and some sautéed mushrooms to the mix.
I put it all into a greased casserole and then heated it later in the microwave when we were ready. While it was heating up I mixed some fresh breadcrumbs and some (for me vegan) parmesan cheese together in a small container. I sprinkled it on the hot casserole and browned the topping under the grill.
A fresh green salad, a glass of South African dry white wine and that was supper!
Gay Games may be a boon for the city of gold [IOL]
The Mandela Bridge illuminated in pink lights is one of the highlights the International Gay Games VIII committee will see when it assesses Johannesburg as the preferred host city for 2010.
Els romps to Qatar title [iafrica.com]
World number three Ernie Els made it a profitable two-week desert romp with a come-from-behind one-shot victory at the $1.5-million Qatar Masters on Sunday.
More 'big hits' from Barry [Planet Rugby]
Don't expect Stormers and Springbok centre De Wet Barry to become a "soft touch" on defence for the remainder of the Super 12. The big-hitting Bok midfielder will retain his aggressive tackling style, but with some minor tweaks to his technique.
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